Miss Garnet's Angel

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HarperCollins, 2000 - Angels - 342 pages
After the death of her longtime friend and flatmate, retired British history teacher Julia Garnet does something completely out of character: She takes a six-month rental on a modest appartamentoin Venice. An atheist, a Communist, and a virgin, Julia finds herself falling beneath the seductive spell of the city's intoxicating beauty and sensual religiosity. She befriends a young Italian boy and English twins who are restoring a fourteenth-century chapel. And she falls in love for the first time in her life with an art dealer named Carlo. Juxtaposing Julia's journey of self-discovery with the apocryphal tale of Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Miss Garnet's Angeltells a lyrical, incandescent story of love, loss, miracles, and redemption . . . and of one woman's transformation and epiphany. Already a bestseller in England, it is "novel-writing at its finest and most eloquent . . . splendid . . . the sort of book that effortlessly, like angels, or sunlight on Venice's rippling waterways, casts brightness and beauty into those private and most shadowed recesses of the human heart" (The Christian Science Monitor). "Vickers has taken myth, religion, and secular humanism, and turned them into substantial life-affirming fiction." (The Philadelphia Inquirer) "A refreshing, gentle story." (Anita Brookner)

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User Review  - Erratic_Charmer - LibraryThing

Purchased on a whim at Richard Booth's Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, and very glad I did! After the death of her friend and flatmate Harriet, Julia Garnet, a middle-aged atheist Communist virgin, decides to ... Read full review

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User Review  - ElaineRuss - LibraryThing

This novel began very promisingly. It was charming and interesting and while that remains throughout the novel I found myself drifting away from it a little. About halfway through the book, it seemed ... Read full review


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Salley Vickers divides her time between London and Venice. Previously a university lecturer in English, when not writing she practices as a psychologist and still lectures widely on the connections between literature, psychology and religion.

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